How to Make the Ultimate Mint Julep - Rachael Ray Every Day

How to Make the Ultimate Mint Julep

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The Kentucky Derby may be over, but its famous cocktail, the Mint Julep, lives on-- it's National Mint Julep Day! So in honor of this fresh and strong cocktail, we're sharing our best recipe. T-G-I-Saturday, right?

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The Ultimate Mint Julep

1 teaspoon confectioners sugar

5 fresh mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig for garnish

1/2 cup bourbon (4 ounces)

Crushed ice

Directions

Add the sugar, the mint leaves and a few drops of the bourbon to a chilled glass. Muddle or crush the mint with a spoon to create a thick paste.

Add a handful of crushed ice to the glass. Place a straw so that it reaches the mint paste at the bottom of the glass. Pour the remaining bourbon over the ice.

Add more crushed ice, making a mound that reaches to the top of the glass and leaving about 1 inch of the straw peeking above the rim.

Garnish with a mint sprig.

For a fun twist on the Mint Julep, try our Rye Julep, with a hint of grapefruit!